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Friday, 20 March 2015

Warm Winter Wishes

It's Friday, and that means the Icicles Team at Winter Wonderland have a new 
challenge for you. Our theme this week is 'WARM WINTER WISHES'.
We want to see your characters dressed warmly, and ...
please remember, your project must be for Christmas only.

Our lovely sponsor this week is 

Several of the techniques I used to create my card are way out of my
comfort zone, but I really did enjoy the process. 
For some time now I have felt that my card making has wanted to change 
direction somewhat. I have always hated getting messy fingers, but after
making this card that is going to change. If you look below at the list of
 items I used, you will have some idea of the 'mess' on my desk and hands.

My card took many hours to create, but I hope I will become quicker and
more adventurous as I become more familiar with the products
and techniques. Of course I will still regularly revert to 
my more usual style of 'clean and neat'.

I fell in love with this lovely image the first time I saw it, and for
reasons unknown to me it is now sadly discontinued. I used
chunky white Frantage and a tiny sprinkling of blue 
Opals around the image and sentiment.

This side-on view provides a better glimpse of the snowflakes I
created with a stencil and translucent texture paste. Unfortunately
you cannot see the wonderful sparkle on the snowflakes, having 
smothered them in Rock Candy glitter while the paste was still wet.

I coloured the seam binding with several blue distress inks, and
die-cut the greenery from cardstock that I had sponged with
several green distress inks. Before attaching them to the card,
I sponged the tips with Gathered Twigs D.I. Likewise,
the twigs were sponged with several brown D.I.s.

I painted my die-cut lamp post blue, then embossed it 3 times,
using a sprinkling of blue Opals and silver embossing powder. 

Challenges I Would Like To Enter
ABC Christmas - 'F Is For 'Frosty' '
Christmas Cards #15 - 'Photo Inspiration - Blue and Silver Ornaments' (TOP 3)
Crafty Catz #271 - 'No Design Paper'
Crimbo Crackers #76 - 'No Printed Paper'
Deep Ocean # 99 - 'Vintage'
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #77 - 'Anything Goes (with a twist) Make It Square'
Mixed Media World #1 - 'Anything Goes'
Penny's Paper Crafty #219 - 'Favourite Embellishments' (die-cuts,glitter,coloured images)
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes with glitter/embossing powder/flocking (Honourable Mention)
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - 'Blue Christmas'
Top Tip Tuesday - 'Buttons or Bows'
Vintage Stamping #30 - 'Olde Worlde' Honourable Mention
Whimsy Stamps #81 - 'Use A Die-cut'

Image - Lili of the Valley All Wrapped Up
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley Christmas Greetings-Small
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Ovals; Tim Holtz Holiday Greens; Memory Box Woodland Branch; Couture Creations Lucky Lantern 
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce); Momento London Fog
Embossing - Opals Franklin, Bluegum; Stampendous Frantage Chunky White; Art Stamps Australia Silver
Stencil - The Crafter's Workshop Mini Flurries
Texture Paste - Dreamweaver Translucent
Glitter (dry) - Tim Holtz Rock Candy
Jewelled Brad - Stampin' Up
Seam Binding is from my junk stash

My Icicle teamies at Winter Wonderland have created some stunning cards, so why not pop over there, have a look, and then enter your own creations in our 'Warm Winter Wishes' challenge.

Until next time, thank you for visiting, and happy crafting.
Jennifer. x


  1. Your card is stunning Jennifer, such a pretty image and so many fabulous details. I love the vintage feel and wonderful texture and dimension you have created. It might have taken many hours to create but they were hours well spent and I bet you enjoyed yourself.

  2. Holy cow Jennifer, this is stunning!! Love the frosty blues in combo with the kraft and your foliage is wonderful! That little girl is such a sweetheart and I love how you coloured her very soft and romantic, so perfect for the dreamy winter feel of this! hugs :)

  3. This is so beaituful Jennifer. Great image, great colours and what great attention to detail, well worth every minute spent!! xx

  4. Beautiful. Love the sweet image and soft colors. Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  5. Hi Jennifer your entry is perfect for our challenge, you have used different types of media on your very pretty project and so definitely qualify. It's good to know you enjoyed getting messy lol.

    Thank you for joining in with our challenge, hope to see you on the next one.

    Mo :-)
    DT MMW

  6. Pretty card lovely bow too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

  7. Oh just popping back to day thank you for playing along with us this time at ABC Christmas Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

  8. Such a lovely Christmas card in beautiful blue tones. Great techniques and effects too. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this time.
    Lorraine DT

  9. wow! stunning card, love your attention to detail and great techniques used, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  10. Beautiful card and thank you so much for sharing with us in our challenge of Pastel Hues....good luck in the draw...
    {Crafting For All Seasons DT Member}

  11. Well, you did warn us about the upcoming inkiness but you didn't warn us how GORGEOUS it was going to be! The texture and detail you achieved with all those fab techniques is truly wonderful and the vintage style and colours are lovely :-)

    I hope you enjoy experimenting some more and I certainly can't wait to see the results!

    Big hugs, Kat xx

  12. This is a real beauty! Love the frantage and all the gorgeous dimensions you have achieved here. Thanks for joining us over at the Creative Challenge of Sparkle N Sprinkle.

  13. Lovely card, Jennifer! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha DT @ SCCC

  14. A super card Jennifer and great combination of stamping and dies.

    Many thanks for joining in at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  15. This is such a sweet Christmas Card. Thanks for joining us at Mixed Media World xx

  16. Fabulous and thank you for joining us at Fan-Tastic Tuesday very good luck Judith DT x

  17. Your card is stunning! Love the soft colors and all the details you included. Thanks for sharing it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

  18. Wow, this is stunning. Your coloring is fab and the colours are so pretty. Great details too. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma

  19. Beautiful card, thanks for playing along at Penny's Challenges. See you Wednesday for a new one

  20. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting for all Seasons.
    Fiona DT xx

  21. A very elegant card, I love your colouring.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin this month, Wedgie xxx

  22. Lovely card.

    Thanks for sharing at CASS.



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